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Our First Lady

Rev. Dr. Debbie Ardella Strickling-Bullock


Debbie Ardella Strickling-Bullock is an esteemed Christian leader, graced with exceptional gifts, and a devoted servant within the Baptist Church for over 50 years. Driven by a desire to foster an environment that encourages personal, professional, and spiritual growth, she creates spaces where individuals can explore their strengths and uncover their potential, contributing to the advancement of God's Kingdom.


Dr. Debbie graduated summa cum laude earning a Master of Divinity in Theology from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, excelling in homiletics. Also, she holds an earned Doctor of Education and a Master's degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute and a Career Development Facilitator by the Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dr. Debbie has over 30 years of experience in workforce management and has conducted extensive research on church governance and career advancement strategies for women in executive leadership. She is an accomplished classical pianist with perfect pitch, a dynamic gospel choir director, and a prolific author, having penned two books, "It's All Good: When Lessons Lead to Blessings" and "It's All Good: Every Round Goes Higher." In her multifaceted role, Dr. Debbie is a leader in scholarship, communications, and family ministries, a Flight Attendant for American Airlines, and an advocate for Baptist women in ministry.

Dr. Debbie is the daughter of the late Rev. James Abram Strickling, Sr. and Annie Ruth Hartley-Strickling, and the youngest of 11 siblings. She shares her life with her husband of over 36 years, Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church of Delaware, their sons, Benjamin Ellis and Daniel Alan, and grandchildren, Daniel Christopher, Isabella Joenelle, and Isaiah Benjamin. Dr. Debbie finds strength and guidance in her reliance on the Holy Spirit and the comforting words of Romans 8:28 (NIV), "And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Each day, she endeavors to fulfill her purpose, nurturing the seeds planted so that God may bring forth increase and receive Glory for the remarkable things He has done.

To reach Dr. Debbie, please send an e-mail to

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